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After the successful Congresses held in Barcelona (1996), in Rio de Janeiro (1999) and in Stockholm (2002), The Society for Working Life, New Delhi, in collaboration with Arbetsilivinstituet, Stockholm, Sweden, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Manana and Stree Shakti – The Parallel Force, was the proud host the IV International Congress on Women Work and Health from November 27th to 30th, 2005. Dr Indra Koithra was the chair of the work shop. Rekha Mody was head of NGO Committee and Dr.Aarti Saxena was head of the program committee.

The first theme of the Congress, Gender Mainstreaming at Work and at Home examined the imbalance between work and home life and the required correctives. Work place dynamics and the paradigm shifts in the Changing World of Work formed the second theme. Finally, the third theme, Scientific Practices of Health and Development was discussed in a major effort to adopt a multidisciplinary, empirical approach to issues of Occupational Safety & Health. The idea was to incorporate recent research that has revealed unique insights into women’s special health needs and the consequent challenges confronting Science.

The following were the important findings to be undertaken in future:
Training & Communication so as to incorporate sensitivity to gender issues, complemented by policy so as to make work place healthy for women.
Awareness & Conscientisation including REACH Program (chemicals), Ban on asbestos, gender equality, parity policies.
Government should create an enabling environment for organization unionization of unorganized sector workers.
Rehabilitation and re-training of the disabled (due to work accidents) workers.
Legislation: Implementation of existing occupational health & safety legislation.
Occupational Health & Safety: Active OSH Prevention in the workplace, including data collection on women’s OSH issues.
Women & AIDS - A Workplace Issue.
Work Organizations to ensure more worker autonomy, fewer excessive job demands and thus lessening of stress at work, to look into issues of work - life balance so that women can contribute to economic & social development without compromising their personal health & well - being, with family as a shared responsibility.

Stree Shakti The Parallel Force has been networking with Divya Chaya Trust to initiate grass root program to improve women’s health awareness, workshops wer held at Palam Vihar Haryana in collaboration with Read India. Another important initiative is Reproductive and Child health services (RCH) are directed towards the health & welfare of expectant mothers and infants/children in order to attain their total well being within the framework of the family and community. This project was undertaken at village Podra near Kolkata airport in the year 2009-2010.

DCT implemented the project in a village named Podra at Rajarhat. The target group of the project was women of reproductive age group from 18-45 and children between 0-5. The population in that village is nearly 3000. The people of the village are totally unaware of healthy living and the community lives below poverty line. The village lacks proper medical facilities, in the village it is a very common phenomenon that pregnant women go for home delivery by traditional inexperienced health workers.

Service Provided by DCT:
• Mothers Meeting, GD, Health Checkup, Dai Training- Field Worker training
• Awarness generation programs were also organized through Baby Show, Mother Shows where topics like birth control, adolescent health, personal hygiene, Nutrition etc were covered.
• DCT with the implementation of the project introduced clinical support to the villages and introduced one gynecologist and one pediatrician with free medication.
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